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Uroplatus guentheri

Mocquard, 1908

 

Description

Uroplatus guentheri was first discovered in 1908 and not found again until 1970. This is a medium sized species obtaining a length of up 6-7" (15-18cm). Their coloration varies depending on environment, but generally they are shades of dark browns and tans and resemble a branch more than they do bark or lichen. Recent studies suggest U.guentheri to one of the first Uroplatus to have evolved, approximately 40 million years ago. They're a very active species and what they lack in appearance they make up for in personality.

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Habitat and Range

Uroplatus guentheri inhabit patches of dry deciduous forests of western and north western Madagascar. It has been found roosting in shrubs and low tress up to 5 meters high.

 

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Captive Care

Uroplatus guentheri can be kept as most other Uroplatus, however, they are a bit more tolerant of higher temperatures lower humidity levels than other Uroplatus species. The occasional daytime highs can reach 82-84 without any affect but prolonged exposure is not recommended. They prefer a deciduous/shrub forest vivarium with a network of branches (1/4"-1/2") and will readily feed on most live insects offered. Hydration and humidity should be maintained by misting once per evening.

A trio (1.2) of adult U.guentheri can easily be housed in an 18x18x24" enclosure. Females can mature and produce viable eggs as young as 5-6 months of age though it is recommended to let the females fully develop before attempting an introduction with a persistent male.

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